Workouts are inherently empowering. They make you feel great, they get your blood pumping and endorphins flowing. They leave you with tons of energy that makes you feel like you can conquer your entire to do-list and more. But certain workouts really push you to new heights and distances - and so far out of your comfort zone that you truly feel like you can do anything. Certain workouts build your confidence in yourself and improve not only your strength and stamina, but they totally change how you view yourself. If you've ever completed a distance event or met a goal you previously thought was impossible, you know what I'm talking about. That feeling of pride in yourself and your abilities and how powerful you feel is palpable. And once you have that feeling, you want it again and again. It's why everyone should have a fitness bucket list and always be working toward goals. But what if you don't have a major fitness accomplishment on the horizon or you're months away from anRead More »from 7 Empowering Workouts that Will Leave You Feeling Strong and Fit
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According to nutritional requirements enacted by the federal government in 2012, school lunches are required to include more fruits and veggies. But that doesn't mean that children are eating them. In a prior study, researchers from Brigham Young and Cornell universities found that the rules added $5.4 million worth of fruits and vegetables to school lunches per day. However, about two-thirds of that amount—or $3.8 million worth—ended up in the garbage can.
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- I admire minimalists, but it just isn't me. "I've got to do something about this toy mess," I say, stepping gingerly over some toy blocks then sidestepping a pile of stuffed animals. "We have to purge the toy box," I lament to my husband. He nods in agreement, knowing I'll do the same thing I always do.
I'll go through all the toys, pack a handful in a donation box and make excuses about the rest.
"They still play with this." "Remember when we bought this for them?"
"Baby will want to play with that soon."
See, the problem of my kids having too much stuff is actually my problem. And it grows with every Christmas and birthday.
I don't spend outside our means, but I overdo it on presents at Christmas. For me, it's not about trying to outdo anyone, I just really enjoy shopping for my kids. I'm thankful to have more disposable income than my parents did when I was a kid. Yet, I feel this pressure to become a minimalist. In the past, I saw parents trying to outdo each other in terms of who spent the most on Christmas.Read More »from It's My Fault My Kids Have Too Many Toys
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- Babble.com | Parenting – 21 hours ago9-Year-Old Swim Champ Donates Trophy to Sick Rival
You'd think a 9-year-old swim champ would proudly - and rightfully - want to display his winning hardware for all to see. It's one thing for every kid who participates to get a trophy. It's a whole other thing to actually earn your trophy by winning.
Joshua Zuchowski, 9, from Jupiter, Fla., is one of the best swimmers in his state, according to local news channel, WPBF. That's no small feat, considering how many kids in the Sunshine State have access to pools, making the field arguably more competitive than in most other states.
He's part of the Jupiter Dragons team and took first place last weekend in a big tournament. The win, however, was a bit diminished in his eyes. That's because one of his biggest rivals, Reese Branzell, 10, of the Lake Lytal Lightning team, was lying in a hospital bed with a "mysterious bone infection" that has rendered him unable to swim for the past month.
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- This post is written - half - jokingly. Looking for a sperm donor is no easy task, and trying to get pregnant with the help of assisted reproductive technologies is even more of a struggle. Sometimes you begin to lose your mind a little. Ideas that you know to be completely ridiculous begin to sound totally sane - because so much of the fertility journey is hard to comprehend, far-out ideas seem not so absurd. We've used up all the sperm of our first donor, which, by the way, took us over two months to pick out of the seemingly endless donor profiles. So, we're back to square one: finding a new sperm donor. You can't even begin to imagine how tough this task is. We've since thought of maybe using someone "known," and ever since our first conversation about it, I see sperm everywhere. Or, at least, potential donors in every random guy I meet. It's pretty outrageous how badly a lesbian can want sperm. Don't worry, the irony is not lost on me. This is my list of the 7 totally random dudesRead More »from Desperately Seeking Sperm: 7 Totally Random Guys I Almost Asked to Be a Sperm Donor
- Can't We Just Leave North West (and Her Eyebrows) Alone?
Kim Kardashian cannot win. When Kim and Kanye West opted to delay releasing photos of their baby North West, the public (and the media) were up in arms that they took so long. And then when they did finally share photos of their adorable baby, this innocent infant got caught in the crossfire of celebrity culture.
The newest piece of ridiculousness comes after Kim Kardashian posted a photo of North West with the caption, "Smile." It was totally adorable. But not everyone thought so.
Comments on Kim Kardashian's Facebook page covered a full range of opinions and emotions:
"Ok her eyebrows are too perfect? Makes me wonder .."
"That baby has some major brows"
"KIM YOUR BABY IS UGLY…"
Yup, an all caps insult to Kim's baby, comments on cuteness, all sprinkled with lots and lots of eyebrow talk. Yes, eyebrow talk. This a fricken' baby and oodles of adults had the time, energy, andRead More »from Can’t We Just Leave Kim Kardashian's Baby (and Her Eyebrows) Alone?
- Martha Stewart | Parenting – 23 hours ago
Candy Cane Mice
Deputy crafts editor Silke Stoddard has made these easy, inexpensive, and sweet mice for whole preschool classes as holiday gifts and party treats. "I've even made them for holiday bake sales and used them as gift toppers," she says. For a twist, try making them on heavyweight paper instead of felt.
Candy Cane Mice template
1. On a photocopier, enlarge Candy Cane Mice template by 150 percent; cut out.
2. With a pencil, trace ears and body onto felt; cut out.
3. Cut inner ears and a dot for a nose from felt in a contrasting color, cut dots for eyes from black. Glue the face and inner ears in place.
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